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Cosmetology School Basics- A Quick Guide to Different Types of Nail Finish

school of cosmetologyNail polishes and finishes are one of the most common implements in cosmetology, though you are probable well aware of that at this point. If you haven’t looked too far into it, or if you haven’t’ attended a good cosmetology school as of yet, then you might not be aware that there are actually many different types of nail polish out there for you to try out.

When you attend an institution like ours you’re obviously going to learn about all of the different types, but for now we’re just going to cover a few of the most basic. It’s not a full education but it’s about as close as a blog post can get you.

Crème Polish – A Cosmetology School Basic

It all starts with the basics, and for us that means a crème finish. You’ve already seen this one and there is a good chance that you’ve worn it more than once. Crème is the typical solid color with no frills, and they aren’t exactly revered for their artistic value. Still, they definitely have their place and they’re great for everyone whether you’re just starting out, or wanting to get back to the basics.

Chrome/Metallic – The Ultimate Fancy Finish

The texture here really needs no introduction, it’s self-explanatory and it can look absolutely amazing when applied properly. The problem is that more often than not, it’s applied improperly and with that being the case many people will experience streaks. It takes some learning but it’s definitely worth the time investment.

Matte – Far from Dull

The biggest difference between matte polish and any other type on the market is the lack of shine. Matte is often used as a topcoat for other types of nail polish, and is a great way of keeping your undercoat from deteriorating during the day.

DuoChrome – Because Sometimes one Color isn’t Enough

We’re going to have to admit that this polish is actually quite interesting for a few reasons. The biggest reason we’d like to point out, is that it changes color depending on the lighting in the room. In addition to that it can take on multiple colors at once, appearing green, purple, and even pink all at the same time. If you want to have some real fun, try pairing them over a black base.

Textured Polish – Bringing Some Character to Your Nails

This is a much different type of polish than you would get from the previous type. This one dries fast, and it’s a bit gritty, to say the least. The best part about this polish is that it doesn’t require a topcoat if you want it to stay for a while. You can add a few layers of shine if you want it to really stand out, but for the most part it stands out just fine on its own.

Your Nails in Neon

Neon isn’t a standalone finish but it’s pretty nice, to say the least. All neons have a different texture from the regular crème polish, but when you look at them in their bottle, they certainly look like a crème. Don’t let the looks deceive you! This is a totally different type of polish and its absolutely amazing!

Jelly – A Splash of Color in Your Life

Hollywood Institute of Beauty CarrersAny good school of cosmetology is going to teach you about jelly. It’s a popular polish and it is usually transparent on one side so that the other side appears to be a wash of color. It’s not vibrant by any means, but it’s not supposed to be. You can combine this polish with several other types if you wish, and a cosmetology school will certainly give you the opportunity to experiment.

Shimmer – It’s Exactly What it Sounds Like

This is a two tone polish with a ‘shimmer’ of color running through the existing color. It’s definitely a cool aesthetic and one that has become popular in recent years. As such, you’ll definitely be learning about it when you attend our classes.

Foil Polish – A Way Different Aesthetic

Okay, this is the last one that we’re going to cover, and it’s kind of what it sounds like. Many say it looks a lot like aluminum foil on the nails as they have a metallic base. The shifting colors go great with any style, so make sure you learn all about these – you never know when a client might ask for them.


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